The NLC holds nationwide reading promotion activity, the 12th Wenjin Book Award is announced


On 23 April, on the occasion of the 22nd World Book and Copyright Day, the 12th Wenjin Book Award was announced. Han Yongjin, director of the National Library of China (NLC) and secretary of the CPC Committee of the NLC, Cui Shuqiang, secretary of Beijing Haidian District Committee, and principals from the Ministry of Culture, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People's Republic of China, Xinhua News Agency, Beijing Haidian District, the NLC, Beijing MTR Corporation Limited, and so on, attended the ceremony. Representatives of authors and publishers of award-winning books, representatives of Wenjin Book Award Organizing Committee, expert committee, media review committee and public libraries, and journalists, totaling about 200 people, attended the activity.


This activity was sponsored by the NLC in cooperation with Beijing Haidian District, Beijing MTR Corporation Limited, Xinhua News Agency, and Beijing Reference News, which aimed to create reading atmosphere, promote nationwide reading and build a scholarly society through the joint efforts of government, libraries, media agencies, families, communities, schools, and so on.

The 12th Wenjin Book Award received more than 1,800 titles of books. 64 libraries constituted a joint review group, 8 media agencies attended book recommendation and preliminary review, 14 famous experts was responsible for final review, and finally 10 titles of award-winning books, and 44 titles of recommended books were selected. The German Genius, Great State Needs Bigger City, Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues, and so on, were award-winning books of the 12th Wenjin Book Award, including 5 titles of books in social sciences, 3 titles of books in sciences, 2 titles of children books. There were 7 titles of original books and 3 titles of translation books. The quantity and quality of original books were higher than previous years. The result of prize voting for the most popular books of the 12th Wenjin Book Award was announced.

Before the ceremony, the 7th theme activity of M Subway•Library, i.e. "We Are Together", which was sponsored by the NLC and Beijing MTR Corporation Limited, was held in the National Library Station of Subway Line 4. This activity made the public understand the culture of Beijing and Hong Kong and appreciate the glamour of the two cities, and enhanced cultural communication and exchanges through various manners. Readers can scan the QR code in the posters of each station of Subway Line 4, enter into the App of "NLC Mobile Digital Library" and read recommended books.

In coordination with the announcement of Wenjin Book Award, the NLC held the Exhibition of Award-winning Books and Recommended Books of the 12th Wenjin Book Award. Meanwhile, Wenjin Book Awards Organizing Committee also held promotion activity of Wenjin books. 120 directors and librarians from 12 public libraries acted as sponsors, and organized reading relay activity. Through the process of online registration, background selection and Wenjin books sending, this activity achieved reading relay in the society, and delivered more than 150 titles of 1,000 volumes of award-winning books and recommended books.




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